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Mother-Daughter Weight Loss Buddies

We More Than Family, We're Fitness Buddies, Too!

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"It helps having my daughter on SparkPeople, because she understands all that goes into weight loss success the way other people don't," says Deb. She gives Jennie SparkGoodies when she needs a virtual pat on the back.

When asked if she would recommend that women turn to their mothers, sisters or daughters for support like this, Jennie responded, "If you have a healthy and open relationship, I think it is great! SparkPeople allows you to clearly state your goals, and gives you a way to measure progress. If I tell my husband I'm out of my calorie range, he gives me a blank look. But my mom says, 'That's all right! We can do this together!' and she knows exactly what I am talking about."

Andi and Beulah

Andi (AKERUE) started with SparkPeople in October 2007. She started feeling better and encouraged her mom Beulah (BJUMPINGFORJOY) to join her. Andi has lost 60 pounds and Beulah has lost 94 pounds so far! Andi and Beulah swim together, discuss recipes and interact on the Moms and Daughters SparkTeam.

Beulah says she never thought she and her daughter would end up as weight-loss buddies. "I thought I would be in a wheelchair by now. With her encouragement to join SparkPeople and the great support here, I've gotten healthier," says Beulah.

Andi says she's surprised she and her mom have ended up on SparkPeople together. "I am a really private person and prefer to do most things alone. So when I opened myself up to SparkPeople it was a totally out of character move for me. Then when I told my mom about it, it opened a lot more communication about health and weight-loss between us. It really gave us both positive results and we enjoy sharing our experiences with each other. I also have seen a competitive side of my mom that I didn't know was there. It is hysterical! She is one tough cookie," says Andi.

Jessica, Vivian and Lisette



Vivian (BEMORESTUBBORN) and her daughters, Jessica (JYBEDOYA) and Lisette (LISETTE44) have all had amazing success. Vivian joined the site in 2006 and soon after, convinced her daughters to join. Vivian has lost 50 pounds since changing her lifestyle five years ago; Jessica has lost 50 pounds and Lisette has lost 85 pounds using SparkPeople.

Vivian says she's found that being a mother-daughters team gives hope to other members on the site. "I'm frequently asked for advice on how to get family members to join one's weight loss efforts. My answer is always the same: Set a good example by your actions, give your goals your all, and the rest 'may' follow. Some people are not ready to commit to the discipline and to the work that a lifestyle change requires, no matter how much support they have. It has to come from within. On the other hand, sometimes you have to kick someone in the tush to get them to see that they have a problem and offer all the help, support and prodding they need to get started," she says.
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Jen Mueller Jen Mueller
Jen received her master's degree in health promotion and education from the University of Cincinnati. A mom and avid marathon runner, she is an ACE-certified personal trainer, health coach, medical exercise specialist and behavior change specialist. See all of Jen's articles.

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